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Hauraki-Coromandel Post - 2021-10-14

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Plenty of experience in Waihi Drama crew preparing for fundraiser

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Waihi Drama hopes to be flushed with success when it presents the musical fundraiser All Together Now! in mid-november. Proceeds will go towards installing disabled toilets at The Theatre in Boyd Road. Theatre-goers will enjoy a huge variety of music from Broadway shows including Rent, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Matilda, Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, and Mamma Mia! At the helm is internationally experienced musical director and vocal coach Edwin Randell, who was impressed by the auditionees. “We truly have some great voices within our community. We now have a fantastic cast that are raring to get stuck into rehearsals.” New to the Waihi stage, Isabella Howells will be performing Middle Of A Moment from James and The Giant She recently moved to Whangamata from Cambridge and is very excited to be part of a show being performed in 44 different countries and territories. “It’s a huge global event with some really famous songs.” Nineteen-year-old Jackson Pool is excited to secure a song from Les Miserables. Pool is a well-experienced tenor singer who has singing deep in his genetics. “My great aunt was an opera singer as was my great great-uncle, Richard van Helvoirt-pel.” Waihi Theatre will be joining more than 2300 schools and groups around the globe producing their own local version of the Music Theatre International (MTI) show All Together Now!. The event celebrates the reopening of theatres after lockdowns and all the performances will take place over the same weekend — November 12 to 15. Waihi Drama Society president Lucy James is looking forward to a more hopeful future. “MTI’S All Together Now! will be a powerful way to celebrate musical theatre while raising crucial funding for the upgrade of our facilities. This will benefit cast and crew as well as our audience.” The cast includes: Koen Mckenzie, Cindy Bridson, Jimi Randell, Helen Gudsell, Hollie Weir, Isabella Howells, Jackson Pool, Lauren Old, Linda Haines, Tate Randell, Lucy James, Paul Schuler, Sue Towler, Tracey Carter and Abi-mae Mchardy.

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